- General is defined as something most common, usual, most used or vague.
- An example of general used as an adjective is a general election where voters can vote for anyone they choose.
- An example of general used as an adjective is someone speaking in a general way, a way that most people will understand.
- The definition of a general is a military officer.
An example of a general was former president Dwight Eisenhower who was a five-star general in the U.S. Army.
general definition by Webster's New World
- of, for, or from the whole or all; not particular or local: a general anesthetic, the general welfare
- of, for, or applying to a whole genus, kind, class, order, or race: the general classifications of matter
- existing or occurring extensively; common; widespread: a general unrest
- most common; usual: the general spelling of a word
- concerned with the main or overall features; lacking in details; not specific: the general features of a plan
- not precise; vague: to speak in general terms
- senior or highest in rank: an attorney general
- not connected with or limited to one branch or department of learning, business, etc.; not specialized: a general store
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin generalis ; from genus (gen. generis), kind, class: see genus
- the main or overall fact, condition, idea, etc.
- the head of some religious orders
- Archaic the public; populace
- any of various military officers ranking above a colonel; specif., U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force such an officer, with an insignia of four stars, ranking above a lieutenant general
- U.S. Marine Corps an officer of the highest rank
- an anesthetic that makes a patient unconsciousin full general anesthetic
general definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category: “subduing all her impressions as a woman, to something more general” (Virginia Woolf).
- Affecting or characteristic of the majority of those involved; prevalent: general discontent.
- Of or affecting the entire body: general paralysis.
- Being usually the case; true or applicable in most instances but not all: the general correctness of her decisions.
- a. Not limited in scope, area, or application: as a general rule.b. Not limited to or dealing with one class of things; diversified: general studies.
- Involving only the main features rather than precise details: a general grasp of the subject.
- Highest or superior in rank: the general manager.
- a. Abbr. GEN or Gen or Gen. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above lieutenant general.b. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in another military organization.
- A general officer.
- A statement, principle, or fact that embraces or is applicable to the whole.
- General anesthesia.
- Archaic The public.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin generālis, from genus, gener-, kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- genˈer·al·ness noun
general - Medical Definition
general - Phrases/Idioms
- in the main; usually
- without specific details
- with reference to all spoken of